RIO DE JANEIRO nike air max 2017 grijs goedkoop , March 24 (Xinhua) -- Rio started on Tuesday the 500-day countdown for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The beginning of the countdown means that the planning phase is over and Rio is now in the execution phase of the Olympic projects.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games, stressed the importance of the Games for Rio, saying that the competition will lead to a great change in the city, even more than it was seen in Barcelona (1992) and Tokyo (1964).

"The population will be the greatest beneficiary of the Games," he said.

Nuzman nike air max 2017 wit goedkoop , a former Olympic athlete who participated in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 in Brazil's volleyball team, stressed that the infrastructure projects carried out to prepare Rio for the Games, including the large port area revamp which is underway, will transform the city.

In addition, Nuzman highlighted that the Olympic projects are on schedule - an understandable concern for Brazilians, as many of the projects foreseen for the 2014 FIFA World Cup nike air max 2017 zwart goedkoop , such as airport renovations and new subway lines, were not ready by the beginning of the competition.

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be held from August 7 to 18.

A second ceremony to mark the 500-day countdown for the Paralympic Games will be held as well. The Paralympic Games take place a few weeks after the end of the Olympic Games, in the same host city.

LONDON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Novak Djokovic sealed year-end world No. 1 position for a third time after completing round-robin play with a 3-0 record at the ATP World Tour Finals here on Friday.

The 27-year-old Serbian, who also finished at the top in 2011 and 2012,defeated sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-2 , 6-2 in the day's match and qualified for the semifinals.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion will meet Japan's Kei Nishikori in Saturday's semifinals.

In the day's other Group A match, Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka beat US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to qualify for the semifinals as runner-up in the group.

Wawrinka will take on Swiss compatriot and six-time champion Roger Federer.

Djokovic has become the seventh player to finish year-end No. 1 on three occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5) , Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (4) and Rafael Nadal (3).

Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "Novak has had another outstanding season and is truly deserving of his place as No. 1."

"Being world No. 1 is probably one of the most difficult and biggest challenges that a tennis player can have, so it's incredibly fulfilling and I'm very happy with this achievement," said Djokovic.

"It's been a long year and it's one of the ultimate challenges. I'm just glad to be standing here with the trophy knowing how many legends of the sport have done the same before."

SRINAGAR , Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Indian-controlled Kashmir Saturday observed a shutdown to protest an attempt to legally abrogate a law that confers special status to the region.

The strike call was made by the restive region's separatist groups and supported by civil society, fearing it would change the demography of the Muslim-majority region.

Article 35 A of the Indian constitution confers special rights and privileges on permanent residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir, debarring residents from other Indian states from buying land or property, getting a government job or voting in the local elections.

However a petition has recently been filed by right wing Hindu hardline Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed think tank, Jammu Kashmir Study Centre nike air max 2017 goedkoop nederland , challenging Article 35-A in India's top court.

The Supreme Court had last month asked the federal government to file a reply within three weeks in this regard.

On Saturday in the region, markets, business establishments, educational institutions and private offices remained closed. Public transport remained off the roads.

The work in government offices also remained affected as very few employees managed to reach their duties.

A guerrilla war challenging New Delhi's rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from Britain nike air max 2017 goedkoop kopen , the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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TORONTO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat the fifth seed Ana Ivanovic in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at Rogers Cup quarterfinals to continue her rise in the WTA rankings.

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